On the Art of Creating Counter-narratives

Artists, crafters, writers, makers, performers: How do you use narrative in your art to challenge harmful or oppressive stereotypes?

Discussion: How do you use counter-narratives in your art to challenge harmful or oppressive stereotypes? Share your comment down below.

Last year, mid-pandemic, I found myself reflecting on the importance of broadening the ways in which we talk about migrant issues outside of policy, headlines and legal status alone. My latest works are an exploration of these ideas.

How do you use counter-narratives in your art (whether that’s visual art, literature, or performance) to challenge oppressive stereotypes? Share your comment down below.

Hint: A counter-narrative offers us a viewpoint outside of popular stereotypes. In my own experience, I have been using illustration and writing to talk about everyday challenges kids may face when they migrate; using playful color, imagery and language to humanize the experience and evoke nostalgia. A powerful contrast to harmful stereotypes of crisis and conflict alone, my work protests, "You are worthy of empathy, too!" 

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